SCALING HIGH
PROVOKE Lifestyle|January 2022
*HAVING SHOT TO FAME WITH A SINGLE HIT SONG, 'MASTER THE BLASTER', SINGER BJORN SURRAO TALKS ABOUT HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED
Naomi N

Overnight fame can change your life and who knows it better that Bjorn Surrao? 'Master the Blaster' song from the hit film Master had scores grooving to it for months. The song set records on streaming Apps and on Youtube and is rumoured to be the ringtone of actor Vijay. The songwriter and performer, Bjorn is only going from strength to strength. He followed up the hit song with 'Yenna Sonna', a Chennai Super Kings anthem collaborating with rapper Arivu. Surrao speaks to Provoke Lifestyle on how the peppy number came alive and his plans for the future.

How are you taking in all the attention from Master the Blaster song?

It is part of the journey. It is also part of the job of being a musician songwriter. It motivates me to do more. When we made the song, we thought it was really cool, because we were grooving to it ourselves. But we did not expect any kind of great reaction. We were happy that we made some good music. When the movie was released in theatres, the song had not been released yet. Later when it did, it blew up. I realised it had gone viral when I heard a person's phone ring at a restaurant and it was this song.

Why was the song in English?

The character played by actor Vijay, JD (John Durairaj), was like that. He listened to English music.

How were you drawn to music, how did the journey begin?

Since I was a kid, in my household, there was always music. Though no one pursued music as a career. My sister had an acoustic guitar and at the age of ten, I began meddling with it. At 13, I began writing songs. That is how the journey started.

Do you remember the songs you wrote while in school?

I studied at AMM school in Kotturpuram, Chennai. I used to write songs for school cultural's. I had two friends, one was percussionist and that other a tabalist. I would write songs that fit into these instruments. One song was 'Arrey smile ya, I was 14 or 15 when I wrote it. The other one 'Pray for the doggies' was in English. The Hindi songs are 'Varsha' and 'Govinda!

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